Town of Hunter
Rescue: On Feb. 2 at approximately 5:15 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a report of an injured backcountry skier who sustained an unstable lower leg injury after skiing a steep section of the Devils Path on the Hunter West-Kill Wilderness Area.
Rangers Bills, Dawson, DiCintio, Fox, McCartney, Seeley, O'Connor , and Slade r esponded to the Notch Lake Trailhead off County Route 214. The Rangers hiked nearly a mile up to the patient where several volunteers, Hunter Police Department officers, and a New York State Police officer were already with the patient.
While Ranger Dawson administered first aid, Rangers DiCintio and Slade began setting up a steep angle rope system with a hand line for the evacuation. The subject was hypo-wrapped and packaged in a s l ed by Rangers and volunteers and was subsequently evacuated using a steep angle rope system.
The Rangers and volunteers worked through steep, icy conditions with frigid temperatures throughout the night and were able to get the patient out by 1:30 a.m. the next morning. The subject was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Hunter Ambulance.